Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Be Afraid, Be Very Very Afraid

Two for the price of one today:

1)  First, in time for Halloween, DO NOT miss the frightful tale of Differentiation... as only Ben Orlin can tell it (bwaaahaaaahaaaaa):

2)  Less scary, but more mind-racking perhaps than differentiation, is the 'Sleeping Beauty Problem/Paradox,' which I haven't mentioned for awhile, but do now ( least one version of it):

The correct answer is: 1/2, 1/3?; 1/2, 1/3?; 1/2 or 1/3???.... two different logical answers, splitting the mind in two, with no final resolution. Spine-tingling stuff! ;-)
My original post on it was back in 2012 with a number of additional links:

Also, Tanya Khovanova had lengthy previous discussion of it on her blog here:

And even physicist Sean Carroll covered it a year ago, drawing 240+ comments:

Pick your side... you'll find some good arguments (and thinkers) backing you up either way.  Spooky indeed!

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